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Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch and her staff are set for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case to defend the state’s 15-week abortion ban law.
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Governor Tate Reeves spoke on ABC’s GMA3 regarding the case.
“I believe very strongly that abortion kills innocent, unborn children and it would be my ultimate goal that we wouldn’t have abortions in this country.”
— GMA3: What You Need To Know (@ABCGMA3) December 1, 2021
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch emerged from the U.S. Supreme Court to cheers of “We love Lynn.” She spoke to the Empower Women Promote Life crowd on the steps of the Court.
Also on hand speak from Mississippi were Congressmen Michael Guest and Trent Kelly, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, and State Rep. Becky Currie.
The Court has adjourned, ending the oral arguments in the case.
Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart delivered the following prepared remarks at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the Court.
Roe versus Wade and Planned Parenthood versus Casey haunt our country.
They have no basis in the Constitution. They have no home in our history or traditions. They’ve damaged the democratic process. They’ve poisoned the law. They’ve choked off compromise.
For fifty years they’ve kept this Court at the center of a political battle that it can never resolve. And fifty years on, they stand alone: nowhere else does this Court recognize a right to end a human life.
Consider this case. The Mississippi law here prohibits abortions after 15 weeks. The law includes robust exceptions for a woman’s life and health. It leaves months to obtain an abortion. Yet the courts below struck the law down. It didn’t matter that the law applies when an unborn child is undeniably human, when risks to women surge, and when the common abortion procedure is brutal.
The lower courts held that because the law prohibits abortions before viability, it is unconstitutional no matter what. Roe and Casey’s core holding, according to those courts, is that a State can protect an unborn girl’s life when she just barely can survive outside the womb—but not any earlier, when she needs a little more help. That is the world under Roe and Casey.
That is not the world the Constitution promises. The Constitution places its trust in the people. On hard issue after hard issue, the people make this country work. Abortion is a hard issue. It demands the best from all of us, not a judgment by just a few of us. When an issue affects everyone—and when the Constitution does not take sides on it—it belongs to the people.
Roe and Casey have failed. But the people, if given the chance, will succeed.
This Court should overrule Roe and Casey and uphold the State’s law.
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch made the following remarks before entering the U.S. Supreme Court for Oral Argument in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
Good morning. Thank you all for being here on this historic day. Thank you for all you have done over five decades to bring us to this turning point. Today, we turn the page on Roe v. Wade and start a new chapter in American history. We leave behind the false premise that abortion somehow levels the playing field for women. Our ability to succeed is not built on the death of innocent children. Our success is our own.
Over the past fifty years, women have rebuilt the workplace. We redefined professional success. We are creating a culture in which women can have it all. And we mean all women, because we are in this together.
For fifty years, abortion has been the answer to the question: How do we help women who face extraordinary challenges? Women who live in poverty, and in abusive relationships, who have no degrees or job training or support network when they face a crisis pregnancy.
For fifty years, society has too readily answered with abortion. But let us commit boldly and loudly that we will no longer sell them that lie.
We are here today to defend the fundamental dignity of women and their children. All women and all children.
This Court fifty years ago pitted women against children, and woman against woman. We are here today to assert that we do not accept these false choices. We can empower women AND promote life. This is our message to the Justices. This is our message to the world.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Today, we start a new chapter in American history, leaving behind the false premise that abortion levels the playing field for women. We can empower women AND promote life. This is our message to the Justices and the world that is watching. #EmpowerWomenPromoteLife pic.twitter.com/583rVCCaJF
— Lynn Fitch (@LynnFitchAG) December 1, 2021
Scene out front of Supreme Court building in D.C.
Scene outside of the Supreme Court as the justices are set to hear a massive case about a Mississippi abortion law. pic.twitter.com/75bx85BVqC
— Tyler Olson (@TylerOlson1791) December 1, 2021